On Monday's Performance Today, hear a composition by Valerie Coleman named "Portraits of Josephine"... inspired by the life and times of one of the most famous entertainers of the 20th Century: Josephine Baker.
Pianist Kirill Gerstein says George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue effortlessly shifts between classical and jazz. It reminds him of... a goldfish. On this weekend's edition of Performance Today, we speak with Kirill Gerstein and hear live music from his new album "Gershwin."
Join Performance Today host Fred Child April 2 – 12, 2019, on a privately chartered small ship river cruise with fellow classical music enthusiasts, garden lovers and history buffs. You’ll journey to Amsterdam, Ghent, Bruges, Arnhem and Utrecht. Take in the colorful gardens and music of Holland and Belgium, all the while enjoying a robust program of classical music performances, private recitals and “Perf Chats” with a special Performance Today artist-in-residence.
Come match wits with Bruce Adolphe - now you can play the Piano Puzzler anytime, anywhere! Every week, we're putting a sneak peek of the upcoming Puzzler online; have a listen, and then send us your best guess.
We recently started tracking how many pieces of music on our program were composed by, performed by or conducted by women. The numbers made it clear: women are underrepresented. Performance Today wants to change that.
Who was the first black person to compose an opera that was performed on national television? Who was the first African-American to write an opera that was successfully brought to the stage? Who wrote music for the first Broadway show to feature a racially integrated cast. The answers to these questions and other fascinating artists can be found in our survey of important black figures in classical music.
Mei-Ann Chen is one of the very few female conductors leading an American orchestra. She has helped to establish the Chicago Sinfonietta as the the nation's most diverse orchestra. Performance Today host Fred Child sat down with Mei-Ann Chen to learn how this once-shy violinist became a cutting-edge leader.